Covid-19: Germany’s largest pork factory can be reopened | Instant News


Certain parts of the largest slaughtering plant in Germany are permitted to reopen. That means that the end of the closing 4 weeks is now almost over for the slaughterhouse by the Tönnies in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, the state of North Rhine Westphalia.

The massacre was closed because more than 1,500 employees were found to be infected with Covid-19. The partial revocation of the closure, communicated by the Rheda-Wiedenbrück city council, was the result of coordinating talks between all the authorities and the company and mayor Theo Mettenborg.

Blood cutting and processing

In short the size means that for Reisinger’s subsidiaries (slaughter, 597 employees) and Acontex (blood processing, 7 employees), the closure is lifted. The two divisions are separated from the others in the factory – both in terms of distance and in terms of type of work. Above, a proper climate control system has been guaranteed here. In addition, the blood processing division area only employs a small number of employees, which is why the city government thinks the risk of infection is relatively low.

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The Tönnies Massacre in Rheda-Wiedenbrück.

The Tönnies Massacre in Rheda-Wiedenbrück.

The revised cleanliness concept

The company has significantly expanded and revised the cleanliness concept, which provides a basis for the subsidiary to be able to continue operations based on agreed hygiene requirements. This includes:

  • Check housing and transportation frequently
  • Employee address database
  • Testing, at least 2x per week
  • Safety training
  • Medical examination
  • New canteen policy
  • Standard footpath in the factory
  • Funnels will be mandatory
  • 1.5 m distance between workers
  • Frequent control

According to the n-tv.de website, the slaughter of up to 10,000 pigs will begin, and the cutting operation will then start on Friday.


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